From Pigface and Ministry to PiL and Killing Joke, drummer Martin Atkins has pounded the skins for some very loud punks. But he didn’t realize that China’s underground sound would throw him into a time machine and dial it back to the ’70s and ’80s, when bands were pushing the envelope on conventional rock and not really caring how you felt about it.
Atkins shot 80 hours of video from his 2006 trip into Asia’s 21st century powerhouse, and chopped it down into the recently released documentary Sixteen Days in China. Listening Post caught up with him to talk about China’s greatest bands you’ve never heard and more.
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